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characteristic

[kar-ik-tuh-ris-tik] /ˌkær ɪk təˈrɪs tɪk/
adjective
1.
Also, characteristical. pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the character or peculiar quality of a person or thing; typical; distinctive:
Red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn.
noun
2.
a distinguishing feature or quality:
Generosity is his chief characteristic.
3.
Mathematics.
  1. the integral part of a common logarithm.
    Compare mantissa.
  2. the exponent of 10 in a number expressed in scientific notation.
  3. the smallest positive integer n such that each element of a given ring added to itself n times results in 0.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Greek charaktēristikós. See character, -istic
Related forms
characteristically, adverb
noncharacteristic, adjective
noncharacteristically, adverb
quasi-characteristic, adjective
quasi-characteristically, adverb
uncharacteristic, adjective
uncharacteristically, adverb
Synonyms
1. special, peculiar. 2. attribute, property, trait. See feature.
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Examples for uncharacteristically
  • Somehow, creating a company seemed uncharacteristically pragmatic.
  • No one knows whether the smallpox strain was unusually hardy or the patients uncharacteristically weak.
  • Yet, we're being told life was uncharacteristically prosperous.
  • He starts off uncharacteristically nervous, stammering a bit.
  • Even so, he was uncharacteristically chatty as he entered a conference room.
  • The experience left him uncharacteristically short-tempered, but not for long.
  • Now it was clear why he had behaved so uncharacteristically.
  • Thatcher seemed uncharacteristically frozen in indecision.
  • At best, he was uncharacteristically naïve, choosing to take at face value the word of people he barely knew.
  • Foreign affairs have become uncharacteristically important in this year's election.
British Dictionary definitions for uncharacteristically

characteristic

/ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk/
noun
1.
a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait
2.
(maths)
  1. the integral part of a common logarithm, indicating the order of magnitude of the associated number the characteristic of 2.4771 is 2 Compare mantissa
  2. another name for exponent, used esp in number representation in computing
adjective
3.
indicative of a distinctive quality, etc; typical
Derived Forms
characteristically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uncharacteristically

characteristic

adjective and noun both first attested 1660s, from character + -istic on model of Greek kharakteristikos. Earlier in the adjectival sense was characteristical (1620s). Related: Characteristically (1640s). Characteristics "distinctive traits" also attested from 1660s.

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uncharacteristically in Medicine

characteristic char·ac·ter·is·tic (kār'ək-tə-rĭs'tĭk)
n.
See character.


char'ac·ter·is'tic adj.
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uncharacteristically in Science
characteristic
  (kār'ək-tə-rĭs'tĭk)   
The part of a logarithm to the base 10 that is to the left of the decimal point. For example, if 2.749 is a logarithm, 2 is the characteristic. Compare mantissa.
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